UNREST no8: Alfredo Jaar 

22 WOMEN AND OTHER RECENT PROJECTS

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22 Women, 2014, Alfredo Jaar, 22 framed pigment prints. Courtesy the artist, New York

Friday september 4th, 2015 at 11:00 at Stiftelsen 3,14, Vågsallmenningen 12, Bergen

In this talk chilean born, New York-based artist, architect, and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar will present his exhibition 22 Women and other recent projects. 22 Women is a further development of his examination of images and their mediating and supportive structures that in turn form our sensibilities. 

The project is an expansion of Three Women (2010), an installation in which miniature photographic portraits of three women – Graça Machel (Mozambique), Ela Bhatt (India), and Aung San Suu Kyi (Burma) – are brightly illuminated with an assembly of tripod-mounted, fluorescent spotlights placed in near proximity to each image. 22 Women presents more subjects from around the world who predominantly are relatively unknown activists unseen by the powerful amplification of the mass media. Jaar’s installation is not solely a research project into women leading specific social causes – putting them into the spotlight – but also gestures towards that very spotlight as a key factor in the dynamics of our attention and the invisible hand ‘manufacturing consent’. Typically for Jaar’s work, 22 Women presents a difficult tension in which the mediating structures of art and the media rub shoulders, giving no easy answers and instead present a constellation of elements that are both celebratory and contradictory.

22 Women is a work in progress as Jaar´s goal is to expand the project to incorporate one hundred extraordinary and outstanding women, which he can shed bright light on. At 3,14 the installation with Amira Hass (Israel/Palestine), Bertha Oliva (Honduras), Camila Vallejo (Chile), Hawa Abdi (Somalia), Jenni Williams (Zimbabwe), Kalpona Akhter (Bangladesh), Lina Ben Mhenni (Tunisia), Lydia Cacho (Mexico),Mahnaz Mohammadi (Iran), Malalai Joya (Afghanistan), Mathilde Muhindo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Nawal El Saadawi (Egypt), Ni Yulan (China), Olayinka Koso-Thomas (Nigeria/Sierra Leone),Razan Zaitouneh (Syria), Sandra Gomes Melo (Brazil), Susan Burton (United States), Svetlana Gannushkina (Russia), Ta Phong Tan (Vietnam), Tetyana Chornovol (Ukraine), Vandana Shiva (India),and Zainab Alkhawaja (Bahrain), is on view.

Alfredo Jaar’s work has been presented worldwide. He has participated in the Venice Biennale (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013) and Sao Paulo Biennale (1987, 1989, 2010), as well as in Documenta (1987, 2002). He has had major exhibitions at The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Whitechapel, London; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, to name but a few. A major retrospective of Jaar’s work took place in three institutions across Berlin in 2012 (Berlinische Galerie, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst e.V., and Alte Nationalgalerie), and, in 2014, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, hosted the most extensive retrospective of his career to date. 22 Women was previously shown at Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway, in 2014-2015.

This lecture is presented in collaboration between Stiftelsen 3,14,  Bergen Academy of Art and Design and the artistic research project Synsmaskinen.

22 Women, 2014, Alfredo Jaar.
22 framed pigment prints. Courtesy the artist, New York

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